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WorldAt Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery

20:55  11 july  2019
20:55  11 july  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Vatican to open tombs in bid to solve 36-year mystery of missing teen

Vatican to open tombs in bid to solve 36-year mystery of missing teen The Vatican will open two tombs later this month to help solve the case of a teenager missing for 36 years. Emanuela Orlandi, the daughter of a Vatican employee, went missing in 1983 at the age of 15 after failing to return from a music lesson. On Tuesday, the Vatican said the decision to open the tombs followed a request from her family. Spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said Emanuela's relatives, lawyers for the family and the Holy See will be present when the graves are opened on 11 July in the Teutonic Cemetery within Vatican property.

Emanuela Orlandi was thought to be buried in tombs of 19th century princesses.

The Vatican opened two tombs on Thursday to see if the body of a girl missing since 1983 was hidden there and ran into a new mystery when nothing was found, not even the bones of two 19th century princesses supposed to be Vatican opens tombs in search for girl who vanished in 1983.

At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery© Reuters/VATICAN MEDIA People open a tomb in a cemetery on the Vatican's grounds

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican opened two tombs on Thursday to see if the body of a girl missing since 1983 was hidden there and ran into a new mystery when nothing was found, not even the bones of two 19th century princesses supposed to be buried there.

At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery© Reuters/VATICAN MEDIA People open a tomb in a cemetery on the Vatican's grounds At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery© Reuters/VATICAN MEDIA People open a tomb in a cemetery on the Vatican's grounds

Experts were looking for the remains of Emanuela Orlandi, the daughter of a Vatican clerk who failed to return home following a music lesson in Rome. Her disappearance has been the subject of wild speculation in the Italian media for years.

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VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican opened two tombs on Thursday to see if the body of a girl missing since 1983 was hidden there and ran into a new mystery when nothing was found, not even the bones of two 19th century princesses supposed to be buried there. Experts were looking for the

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican opened two tombs on Thursday to see if the body of a girl missing since 1983. People open tombs in a cemetery on the Vatican 's grounds to test the DNA of bones to help solve the 36-year-old disappearance of a teenage daughter of a clerk in

At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery© Reuters/VATICAN MEDIA People open a tomb in a cemetery on the Vatican's grounds

Exhumation work began after a morning prayer in the Teutonic Cemetery, a burial ground just inside the Vatican walls used over the centuries mainly for Church figures or members of noble families of German or Austrian origin.

At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery
At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery
At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery

Officials were expecting to find at least the bones of Princess Sophie von Hohenlohe, who died in 1836, and Princess Carlotta Federica of Mecklenburg, who died in 1840, but there was no trace of either.

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The Vatican opened two tombs on Thursday to see if the body of a girl missing since 1983 was hidden there and ran into a new mystery when This photo taken on July 10, 2019 by the Vatican Media shows two tombs within the Vatican 's grounds in the Teutonic Cemetery on July 11, 2019

The Vatican opened two tombs on Thursday to see if the body of a girl missing since 1983 was hidden there and ran into a new mystery when nothing was Tombs in a cemetery on the Vatican 's grounds are seen before being opened to test the DNA of bones to help solve the 36-year-old

At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery© Reuters/VATICAN MEDIA People open a tomb in a cemetery on the Vatican's grounds "The result of the search was negative. No human remains or funeral urns were found," Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said.

At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery© Reuters/REMO CASILLI The brother of Emanuela Orlandi, who went missing 36 years ago, Pietro Orlandi, leaves the Vatican after two tombs were opened in a cemetery on its grounds to test the DNA of bones to help solve one of Italy's most enduring mysteries in the Vatican Gisotti said the Vatican would now examine records structural work done in the cemetery at the end of the 19th century and again about 60 years ago to see if they could shed any light on the new mystery.

At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery© Reuters/REMO CASILLI The brother of Emanuela Orlandi, who went missing 36 years ago, Pietro Orlandi, leaves the Vatican after two tombs were opened in a cemetery on its grounds to test the DNA of bones to help solve one of Italy's most enduring mysteries in the Vatican Princess Sophie's tomb led to a large empty underground room and no human remains were found in Princess Carlotta's tomb, he said.

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Vatican mystery over missing girl deepens as bones are found The mystery of the 1983 disappearance of the 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican employee took yet another twist Saturday following excavations this week at a Vatican City cemetery. 

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The Vatican opened two tombs on Thursday to see if the body of a girl missing since 1983 was hidden there and ran into a new mystery when nothing was found, not even the bones of two 19th century princesses supposed to be buried there.

At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery© Reuters/VATICAN MEDIA People open a tomb in a cemetery on the Vatican's grounds

Theories about Orlandi's disappearance have run the gamut from an attempt to secure freedom for Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turk jailed in 1981 for trying to assassinate Pope John Paul II, to a connection to the grave of Enrico De Pedis, a mobster buried in a Rome basilica. His tomb was opened in 2012 but nothing was revealed.

At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery© Reuters/VATICAN MEDIA People open a tomb in a cemetery on the Vatican's grounds

Last year, bones found during ground work at the Vatican embassy in Rome sparked a media frenzy suggesting they might belong to Orlandi or to Mirella Gregori, another teenager who disappeared the same year. DNA tests turned out negative.

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At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery
At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery© Reuters/VATICAN MEDIA People open a tomb in a cemetery on the Vatican's grounds

The Orlandi family later received an anonymous letter saying Emanuela's body might be hidden among the dead in the Teutonic Cemetery where a statue of an angel holding a book reads "Requiescat in Pace," Latin for "Rest in Peace".

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At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery© Reuters/VATICAN MEDIA People open tombs in a cemetery on the Vatican's grounds

The two tombs were opened in the presence of the Orlandi family and descendants of the princesses, who were all equally shocked.

At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery© Reuters/REMO CASILLI The brother of Emanuela Orlandi, who went missing 36 years ago, Pietro Orlandi, leaves the Vatican after two tombs were opened in a cemetery on its grounds to test the DNA of bones to help solve one of Italy's most enduring mysteries in the Vatican At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery© Reuters/VATICAN MEDIA People open tombs in a cemetery on the Vatican's grounds

Police in 1983 did not exclude the possibility that Emanuela Orlandi may have been abducted and killed for reasons with no connection to the Vatican or been a victim of human trafficking.

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